Under the rubric, "Resist. Reimagine. Rebuild," a new Chicago coalition will host a citywide teach-in Tuesday, April 4 at the headquarters of the Chicago Teachers Union, 1901 W. Carroll, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
April 4 is the anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Lither King, Jr. The event marks a new level of unity forming among labor, Black Lives Matter and immigrant rights groups in Chicago. It will include speeches by local activists, a tribute to Dr. King's commitment to racial and economic justice, information on organizing in other cities and music by the hip hop duo, Rebel Diaz.
More than 30 Chicago-area labor and progressive organizations have been meeting on the South Side since November to map a new plan of action to resist the current climate of xenophobia, racism and anti-immigrant sentiments. These include Arab and Muslim organizations, LGBTQIA groups, immigrant rights groups, workers centers, low-wage worker organizers, youth groups, grassroots and cultural workers from various communities, labor unions, women's groups and Black Lives Matter organizations.
The call is for: "No deportations, No Muslim ban, No racist police violence, Yes to workers rights, living wage jobs, unionization and the Fight for 15. Yes to all rights for women and LGBTQIA people in our communities."
This event will build for planned actions on May Day, in coordination with others, and as a part of a nationwide united front project called "Beyond the Moment," initiated by the Movement for Black Lives and partner groups, which marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's historic "Beyond Vietnam" speech where he condemned militarism and materialism and called for a "radical revolution of our values" as a nation. The Resist group will will join the rally and march beginning in Union Park in Chicago on May 1 at 1 p.m.
All are welcome to the April 4 teach-in, but registration is recommended: citywideteachin.eventbrite.com .